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Microsoft, in partnership with Viasat, will bring satellite internet to remote regions within the scope of the “Airband” project. The Airband project aims to focus on better internet access for underserved people.
With the recent partnership of Microsoft and Viasat, the “Airband” project aims to expand satellite internet. Microsoft announced the partnership, saying that the “first goal is to provide 10 million users with access to a fast and reliable internet service for underserved communities worldwide.”
The company aims to connect 5 million people in Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Nigeria, and Senegal on the African continent. It will also be included in the 5 million user allocation plans for the Latin American countries Guatemala and Mexico, and finally the United States. Currently, Microsoft has active projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, and South Africa.
The company’s ultimate goal is to provide satellite internet access to 250 million users by 2025.
Two other major companies working in the field of satellite internet are Starlink, owned by Elon Musk, and UK-based Oneweb.